If you've started to become irritated with phrases like "employee transition," wondering why no one simply gets "fired" anymore, then this is the book for you. Lutz (English, Rutgers U.) translates the doublespeak from law, business, government, and politics, taking up the flag where George Orwell left it after publishing his 1946 essay "Politics and the English Language." Lutz also recommends strategies for teaching children to detect doublespeak (lies), counter its effect, and become clear communication consumers for the future. The examples are presented in a witty, humorous fashion without sacrificing the cautionary thesis that corrupted language can seriously threaten a society's psyche. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.